“God wills our happiness. He blesses. There is no question about that. He also graciously describes the kind of life that is able to receive and live out the blessings that he wills. He does not say, “I want you to be happy, but how to be happy is your business to discover by trail and error the best you can. Good luck!” Not at … Continue reading Blessed

Twisted Lips: the love of God displayed

The following are some of the most evocative words I’ve read in a long time. Read them slowly and allow your imagination the space to fill in the full colour and intensity:   “In his book Mortal Lessons, by Richard Selzer, MD, writes: I stand by the bed where a young woman lies, her face postoperative, her mouth twisted in palsy, clownish. A tiny twig … Continue reading Twisted Lips: the love of God displayed

The Mirror & the Cross (Psalm 26)

“Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.” verses 1-2 The Psalms have an amazing ability to strip away any form of pretence … Continue reading The Mirror & the Cross (Psalm 26)

Teach me your way (Psalm 27)

“Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path.” (v11) Why is this such a provocative statement? Sandwiched in the middle of a Psalm about the Lord rescuing us from terrible and distressing situations, it would be easy for this verse to be replaced with “God, just get me out of here!” However, even in times and seasons of pain, setback, uncertainty and … Continue reading Teach me your way (Psalm 27)


‘John replied, “a person can receive only what is given them from heaven”’ (John 3:27) Fame and notoriety has always been a heady intoxication. However, with the saturation of social media, reality TV and talent shows, the desire to be known has become an overwhelming issue. I’m not talking about mass stardom, but rather the desire to draw identity from what other people (and the … Continue reading FINDING STABILITY IN AN EVER-CHANGING WORLD